The strange power of Donald Trump

Trump supporters

By Alison Martin DAVENPORT, Iowa — For some undecided Iowa voters, the head and heart don’t agree. While Margaret Osborne listens attentively to Chris Christie at a town hall meeting in Davenport, Iowa, her heart can’t forget the passion and excitement of Donald Trump. Every four years, Osborne and her mother, Patricia, attend rallies and […]

Gov. Chris Christie pushes policy, calls for end to ‘Washington talk’

Gov. Chris Christie speaks to Iowan voters in Davenport.

By Alison Martin DAVENPORT, Iowa — Just three days before Iowans make their choices for president, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie told supporters and undecided residents of this Mississippi River town that he is the candidate who will “tell is like it is.” “We don’t need a president who is steeped in Washington talk, because […]

Deere & Co. expects a decline, but most analysts say Hold or even Buy

Deere & Co. tractor

By Alison Martin Deere & Co., producer of the iconic green-and-yellow tractor brand John Deere, recently warned investors to expect sales declines by 7 percent in 2016–but most analysts are still telling investors to hold onto their stock. The company’s sales remain tethered to the ever-changing agriculture industry, which faces a number of problems. The yearly demand […]

Logan Square farmers market continues to serve community – even in winter

Logan Square Farmers Market

By Alison Martin It’s 10 a.m. on a cloudy and cold Sunday morning. North Milwaukee Avenue is quiet. If it were summer, shoppers with the cloth bags would be lining up to get into the Logan Square Farmers Market, but in January, the scene is much different. Still, it’s Sunday, and the Logan Square Farmers […]

New initial claims higher than expected, experts still optimistic

The number of people claiming unemployment benefits increased for the week ended Jan. 9.

By Alison Martin The number of Americans collecting unemployment benefits rose last week, and though experts expected just the opposite, the news doesn’t indicate a declining economy. In a report for the week ended Jan. 9, the U.S. Department of Labor stated that initial claims increased by 7,000 to 284,000, up from the previous week’s unrevised […]